Qamishli (Syria): The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria has handed over 12 French orphans born to jihadist families to a French government delegation, an official said Monday.
The children, the oldest of whom is aged 10, had been living in camps where tens of thousands of people who fled recent fighting against the Islamic State group are still housed.
Kurdish officials handed over 12 orphaned French children from IS families to a delegation from the French ministry of foreign affairs, top foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omar said in a statement.
The transfer took place in the town of Ain Issa Sunday where two orphaned Dutch children were also handed over to a government delegation from the Netherlands.
France has one of the largest contingents of suspected jihadists who were either captured or turned themselves in, together with their families, in the final stages of the US-backed Kurdish assault on the last fragment of IS’s ‘caliphate’.
After a months-long US-backed Kurdish assault, jihadist proto-state eventually died in the village of Baghouz, on the banks of the Euphrates, in March this year.
The fate of more than ten thousand families that emerged from the ruins of the last IS enclave remains unclear.